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Marco Melandri: I'm sorry for the decision BMW has taken but unfortunately I'm used to such situations...

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July 30, 2013 11:07 PM
Last Edited 847 days ago

The current R1 is more than capable of beating the ZX10R, the ZX10R is only as fast as it is because of the development and electronics that are managing the tires. The R1 could have won in 2011 and would have won in 2012 but was pulled.

The tires have a lot more to do with how fast the bikes are, and so do the electronics. All the Honda needs is a decent amount of funding and it too could probably win the WSBK title.

The 1198 with the right tires could destroy the rest of the bikes if Pirelli brought back the 2011 tires. PALEEASE. The only reason why you guys think the latest and greatest is the best is because you have been programmed to consume.


July 31, 2013 5:12 AM
Last Edited 846 days ago

Karma's a bitch eh Marco? First you knock off Haslam, to ensure he doesn't win to spoil your first-to-win-on-a-BMW party, then you oust him from the team, despite the fact he was runner up in the series but moved to develop BMW in to a race winner, all to ensure your #1 status in the team. Then your inexperienced teammate out-performs you for most of this season and you lose your job payback's a b.


July 31, 2013 5:27 AM

The main reason the Yamaha was competitive when it was, was because it bore no resemblance to the road machine's in fact shared absolutely no parts with it's road going counterpart, it simply kind of looked like it. For example, the frames were specially made unlike Kawasaki, Suzuki and Honda (and no doubt others) all start with a frame 'from the dealer's showroom floor'. Another example is despite the twin under seat exhausts, the WSB machine only needed or used one but the rules state it must share the out line of the road machine so twin exhaust it is. To claim it could win as easily as you suggest is not only unfair to other manufacturers but also without foundation's are you seriously suggesting that all the development over the last few years is worthless? Insanity.


July 31, 2013 7:25 AM

@ pcxmac

I'm sorry, but 2 years ago the R1 was good, but now, with the Kwak and Aprilia stepping up as they have, AND with the rules to set things back to more stock rules, the R1 would get ANNIHILATED! As a stock bike it's too big, too heavy, too slow...


July 31, 2013 1:48 PM

After the success which Biaggi had at Aprilia it would make sense for them to look at Melandri, especially being Italian himself.

I'm not a Kawasaki fan at all but every bike magazine agrees that it is the only Japanese 1000cc able to compete against the BMW and Aprilia. But both Honda and Yamaha are giants and will no doubt be back at the top with competitive bikes again :)


August 01, 2013 6:23 AM
Last Edited 845 days ago

re: "AND with the rules to set things back to more stock rules, the R1 would get ANNIHILATED! As a stock bike it's too big, too heavy, too slow"

speaking of "stock", if we glance at the 2013 grid there ain't an R1 in sight. in fact, now that I check, in the past 5 years, the most points racked up in a season were 92 and 65 by barrier and baz respectively.

re: "But both Honda and Yamaha are giants and will no doubt be back at the top with competitive bikes again"

prolly not. nothing has made carmelo happier than SEVERING the homologation pipeline from GP to his WSBK competitor. ever seen a Spanish gent dancing an Irish jig...? we're talkin' youtube/viral video hall of fame stuff here.


August 01, 2013 5:38 PM

It was Rea that collected Haslam. Just like when he nearly took out Sykes. People like yourself spent the entirety of last year saying Melandri was too aggressive, pulling dirty passes etc.
In fact he hardly touched anyone. And won loads at the same time.
Class Act.

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